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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

45300 Litehouse Rd, Mendocino, California 95460 USA

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“A spectacular headland thrusting into the Pacific”

Although Point Cabrillo was surveyed by the U. S. Lighthouse Service in 1873, construction of the Light Station didn't begin until after the 1906 earthquake. The demand for lumber to rebuild San Francisco meant that maritime commerce on the north coast was at an all time high and a Lighthouse was critical to the safety of the ships and their valuable cargo. Construction of the Light Station began in 1908, and the lens was illuminated for the first time on June 10,1909, under head keeper Wilhelm Baumgartner.  The Point Cabrillo Lightstation a California State Historic Park, includes the historic 1909 Light Station (30.5 acres), and approximately 270 acres of undeveloped coastal bluffs and prairie. The property was purchased and preserved from development in 1992 by the California State Coastal Conservancy and managed by a non-profit affiliate, the North Coast Interpretive Association. In 2002, the property transferred to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Management of the Preserve's programs and restoration activities was assumed by a newly formed non-profit organization: The Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK). The California Department of Parks and Recreation provided the Coastal Conservancy with four million dollars to be used for the restoration of the historic Light Station.

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September 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

The lighthouse always works as the sign of the earth when you are at the sea..
We love visiting lighthouses and Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was one of our favorites to visit.

Not far away from Mendocino, you can park your car at the parking area, and take the walk which is 0,5 mile through grassy areas that lead you to the lighthouse which hosts a museum and a souvenir shop.

During our walk to get to the lighthouse we saw some deer wandering around and the children were ecstatic about it.

Wonderful sunset and a great scenery for photographers.

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August 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a must see light house. It is in a beautiful setting. 1/2 mile walk through a preserve from the parking lot. Well worth the walk.

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March 30, 2016
Rated 3.0

It was cute. I was bummed that you cannot go up to the top. Long walk down to the lighthouse and back bit spectacular views

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September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

I've heard it's a bit rundown but a super unique place to spend the night in an absolutely beautiful setting. Apparently the West Cottage is the way to go!

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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

45300 Litehouse Rd
Mendocino, California
95460 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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